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Alex J. Wolinski biography: 13 things about Chicago cop

Alex J. Wolinski is a white man from  from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States. He is a Chicago Police Department officer and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

On November 13, 2012, Wolinski’s photos were published on Andrew A. Nelles‘s blog. Here are 13 more things about the Chicago cop:

  1. He was born in 1980.
  2. He previously lived in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. He has also lived in Michigan particularly in East Lansing and Harper Woods.
  3. In 2002, he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and safety studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  4. The Chicago Police Department hired him on August 26, 2002. His badge number was 14709. He worked for the department’s 11th District Patrol from March 2006 to June 2012 and its Central Investigations- Fugitive Apprehension Unit from June 2012 to June 2016.
  5. From 2004 to 2018, a total of 11 complaints were filed against him, according to the Citizens Police Data Project.
  6. The Chicago Police Department gave him Attendance Recognition Award on January 1, 2004, on June 1, 2006 and on September 1, 2011. He was given Joint Operations Award on May 5, 2006, on October 8, 2011 and January 11, 2014, Unit Meritorious Performance Award on January 1, 2010, on December 14, 2010 and July 16, 2014 and Joint Operations Award on May 5, 2006, on October 8, 2011 and on January 11, 2014.
  7. In 2005, he earned his master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.
  8. On September 11, 2005, he and his colleagues Ben Cherek and Richard J. Plotke Jr. arrested Lushon Lette Lee and charged him with public indecency and resisting a police officer. Found not guilty of either offense by a jury on March 13, 2006, Lee filed a case against him, Cherek and Plotke on October 18, 2007, accusing them of arresting him without probable cause, using excessive force in effecting the arrest and depriving him of due process.
  9. The Chicago Police Department gave him Police Officer of the Month Award on January 6, 2008, a special commendation on October 8, 2008, Presidential Election Deployment Award on November 4, 2008, Crime Reduction Award on January 1, 2009, Deployment Operations Center Award on September 27, 2009,  Outside Governmental Agency Award on May 5, 2010, Deployment Operations Center Award on May 22, 2010, Emblem of Recognition for Physical Fitness on October 29, 2011, Problem Solving Award on December 14, 2011, Recognition/Outside Governmental Agency Award on February 8, 2012 and Nato Summit Service Award on May 18, 2012. 
  10. On June 1, 2016, he became a sergeant. His badge number is 2605. He worked for the department’s 11th District Patrol from June 2016 to September 2017. He joined the 11th District Tactical Team in September 2017 and the Area Technology Center and Social Media Exploitation (SOMEX) Team in July 2019.
  11. On October 4, 2016, he and Jennifer Jennifer R. Wolinski bought a property in Chicago for $318,000.
  12. In 2019, he participated in the Chicago Police Department’s Executive Development Program for Sergeants. He and Alain Aporongao were two of the nine male Chicago Police Department officers who mistakenly conducted a raid on Anjanette Young‘s home at 164 N. Hermitage Avenue in Chicago while looking for a crime suspect named Andy L. Simpson on February 21, 2019. In November 2019, he became a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.
  13. Speaking about Chicago residents’ willingness to help detectives solve crimes, he told West Virginia’s News in December 2020, “The tips were more prevalent than you think.”

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